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Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth


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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Ben Folds and WASO Live in PerthBen Folds is an incredibly talented guy.  How many other artists have the talent, and whose songs have the versatility, to perfrom solo sets one day, in a three-piece rock band the next, and with a 90-piece orchestera and operatic tenor the next?  Let alone do all three on the same night, and still have room for improvisation.  With a whole orchestra (much to the clear and amusing distress of the conductor).  And do all of them excellently.  Now that is pretty incredible.

This is the DVD of Ben performing locally composed arrangements of some of his most popular tracks with the West Australian Symphony Orchestera, live in Perth.  At first, the sound takes a little bit of getting used to – to go from Ben’s typical small-band or piano solo sets to ones with a full orchestral backing requires some mental adjustment.  But once you get into the swing of it, this is one of the best sets I’ve heard from him.  Yes, it’s very different to, say, Ben Folds Live, but to hear his tracks played in this way is an experience.  And requires a fairly good sound system!

For Ben Folds fans, it’s fantastic.  But, really, it’s not the ideal kind of material for the uninitiated, simply because it’s so different to his normal act.  But it’s still absolutely amazing.

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